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Date posted: 15 November 2011
A $19.1 million jobs package for Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) was announced today.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke, and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib, said the jobs package was the result of extensive consultations with Aboriginal people.
The package includes 50 new ranger positions in the NT for the Working on country program which employs Indigenous people to protect and conserve Australia's environment.
Mr Burke said that there are already around 280 rangers currently working in the NT, and the new Working on country ranger positions will be in addition to these.
'Working on country builds on Indigenous traditional knowledge to protect and manage land,' Mr Burke said.